The voice of Auburn, Ron Bramblett, and his wife, Paula, were both killed in a tragic auto accident on Saturday, May 26, 2019.
Rod Bramblett, the driver of the Highlander was airlifted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham, where he later died from a closed head injury. Paula Bramblett, 53, died of multiple internal injuries at East Alabama Medical Center. Bramblett screamed. "Auburn's gonna win the football game!"
"You could hear it coming through the radio loud and clear each time he exclaimed 'Touchdown Auburn!'" Greene said.
The accident reportedly occurred when the Bramblett's SUV was rear-ended by a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by an unnamed 16-year-old, who received non-life-threatening injuries. The driver's name was not released.
Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision, which is still under investigation.
Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl also tweeted his condolences.
Bramblett's wife was pronounced dead at the scene. I will always cherish my 4 years working with Rod. A nationally recognized broadcaster, Rod's love for Auburn was fervent. "The Auburn family loves you!" he wrote. Bramblett was named Alabama Sportscaster of the Year in 2006, 2010 and 2013.
His most memorable call came in Auburn's 2013 game against an undefeated Alabama team as part of the intense intra-state rivalry known as the Iron Bowl.
UT and Auburn played annually from 1956-91.
"There goes Davis! Davis is going to run it all the way back!" What I think of most.Rod was often proud to say he was from Valley, Ala.
Ahead of the Tennessee-Auburn game last October, Bramblett joined the Vols Wire podcast to discuss the matchup and the all-time series between the Vols and Tigers. As good as he was at what he did, he was a better man.